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A new way to target cancers using ‘synthetic lethality’

With advances in genome sequencing, cancer treatments have increasingly sought to leverage the idea of “synthetic lethality,” exploiting cancer-specific genetic defects to identify targets that are uniquely essential to the

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Remote, real-time monitoring of post-operative lung transplant patients significantly decreases hospital stays

For many with end-stage lung disease, lung transplantation has become a viable option to extend lives and improve the quality of life. However, once lung transplant recipients leave the hospital,

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Concussion linked to heightened risk of dementia and Parkinson’s disease

Concussion is linked to a heightened risk of subsequent hyperactivity disorder, dementia, and Parkinson’s disease, as well as mood and anxiety disorders among women in particular, finds research published online

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Women smokers four times as likely as non-smokers to harbour brain aneurysm

Women smokers are four times as likely as their non-smoking peers to harbour an unruptured aneurysm—a weakened bulging artery—in the brain, finds research published online in the Journal of Neurology

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Trial finds drug safe and effective in treating hepatitis C during pregnancy

Critics of the new recommendation to screen all pregnant women for hepatitis C—a lifelong infection that attacks the liver—argue that it’s wasteful to test for a disease among a population

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Artificial intelligence identifies prostate cancer with near-perfect accuracy

A study published today in The Lancet Digital Health by UPMC and University of Pittsburgh researchers demonstrates the highest accuracy to date in recognizing and characterizing prostate cancer using an

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Study reveals how renegade protein interrupts brain cell function in Alzheimer’s disease

Dozens of molecules may tangle up with rogue bundles of tau, a protein that normally gives nerve fibers structure, to cause brain cell damage that contributes to neurodegenerative diseases, a

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